How many Qurbanis per family

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One of our brothers/sisters has asked this question:

have a question regarding qurbani.


I and my brother are employed, and my father is retired (and is getting pension). If we all are staying together, How many Qurbani (sheeps) are required to be sacrificed from over whole family. 


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How many Qurbanis per family

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It is obligatory or ‘fard’ for a believer to offer a sacrifice,  only if he is performing the actual Hajj pilgrimage.   For the believers who are not performing the Hajj,  the sacrifice is a preferred Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (saws).  


One may sacrifice as many animals as he wants per person or per family;  and there is no limit to the maximum or minimum.    If one is not performing the Hajj offers a sacrifice,   Allah Subhanah will give him a great reward;  and if one chooses not to offer a sacrifice for any reason,  there is no sin on him.   The maximum that can be said of such a person is that he lost a  great opportunity to earn the Pleasure and Good Will of his Lord and Creator on this auspicious day of Eid al Adha.


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